Illicit cigarettes suspects hidden amongst tomatoes in court

Truck loaded with illicit cigarettes

Senwabarwana Magistrate’s Court had on Friday granted two of the four suspects found in possession of illicit cigarettes a bail of R2 500 each.

The two suspects, John Setso (27) and Edgar Matabane (32) and their co-accused were arrested in the Alldays area with boxes of fake cigarattes hidden between crates of tomatoes loaded on two trucks.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the other two suspects, Albinah Phillimon Langa (31) and Daniel Augusto Manyasa (26)  were denied bail pending  their identity verification.

The court postponed their case to June 24, 2020 for further police investigations.

Brigadier Mojapelo said police arrested the  suspects on June 17, 2020  following a tip-off  from members of the community that two trucks full of tomatoes were also transporting illicit cigarettes.

“The cigarettes were uncovered hidden between the crates. The two trucks were transporting tomatoes from a local farm near Pontdrift border post in Limpopo to Rustenburg in the northwest,” said Brigadier Mojapelo.


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